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March 29, 2013

Stone's Throw announces upcoming season

CARTHAGE, Mo. — The next season of shows at Stone's Throw Dinner Theatre includes a non-musical musical, a musical about musicals, a comedy about a radio station and a healthy helping of Neil Simon. The season includes:

  • "Star Spangled Girl," running June 28-July 7, directed by Shanti Navarre. The Neil Simon comedy mixes love and politics, set in 1960s San Francisco.

    Two radicals, who barely get by as they work on their fight-the-system magazine, get mixed up when an all-American Southern girl moves in next door. The play was inspired by a political argument, according to a report in The New York Times.
  • "They're Playing Our Song," running Aug. 15-25, directed by Bill Welsh. Another Simon play, this one tells the story of a collaboration and romance between a composer and lyricist.

    The musical was also inspired by real life -- in this case, the relationship between lyricist Carole Bayer Sager and composer Marvin Hamlisch.
  • "Oliver Twist," running Oct. 4-13, directed by Tom Brown. No exclamation mark in the title means no music -- this play is adapted directly from Charles Dickens' tale of the beloved orphan.
  • A Christmas show to be determined, running Dec. 5-15, directed by Mark Sponaugle, Pam White and Betty Bell.
  • "Up the Down Staircase," Jan. 31-Feb. 9, directed by Tom Brown and Dee Hubbard. The comedy tells the story of a first-time teacher and her rowdy students.
  • "Greater Tuna," running March 21-30, directed by Kendra and Ray Goepfert. The audition process will be fairly limited -- all that's needed are two actors who can take on about 20 roles.

    The play about the third-smallest town in Texas is one of the most produced plays in the nation. Actors Jaston Williams and Joe Sears, who wrote the play and three follow-ups with Ed Howard, portray a myriad characters that explore small-town life.
  • "My Three Angels," running May 9-18, directed by Karl and Shannon Wendt. This Broadway comedy is set in French Guiana near the turn of the century and covers the antics of three prisoners and a family of French colonists.

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  • MSSU choir, orchestra combines for performance of legendary 'Carmina Burana'

    The free performance is a joint effort between the Southern Symphonic Chorus, which is composed of the MSSU Concert Chorale and volunteer singers, and the orchestra, which is made up of Missouri Southern students, faculty and professionals from the community.

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    On Monday, news broke that flight attendants aboard Delta Airlines flights would receive Nokia Lumia 1520 devices in October. The devices will have flight manuals, support on-board sales, allow attendants to process credit card payments and crapcan heavy 500-page manuals they used have to bring.

    The move is similar to how American Airlines attendants were give Galaxy Note phablets. Because Delta already gave attendants similar smartphones, it's reasonable to assume that the company places a lot of faith in the Windows Phone system.

    But Delta's choice of device is puzzling because the 1520 is better suited to take photos and videos of people on board an airplane, not take their drink and meal orders. And because the device is so big, I'm not sure how flight attendants would feel carrying it around in a cramped flight.

     

    As the iOS and Android systems struggle for the top smartphone operating system, Microsoft's Windows Phone has scratched its way into the No. 3 spot, pushing past BlackBerry. Nokia, once one of the top names in devices, is pairing with Microsoft to make a device that features an incredible camera. The company already made the Lumia 1020, which features a humongous 41-megapixel camera that does amazing things.

    The Lumia 1520 is its biggest offering to date. The device, available exclusively from AT&T, is one of the biggest phablet-style phones on the market today. For about 10 days, I tested out a black-colored device provided by AT&T.



     

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    I have no memory of the day he died. A friend asked me about this recently, and I said at that age -- I would've been 13 -- I was probably still rocking my cassingle of the Escape Club's "Wild Wild West." Needless to say, my middle school years were rough.

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    If a film was truly great, it would be held until June or July. Or so the thinking might have been before the release last week of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

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    Recently, I received information on Joplin's celebration of one of its native sons, Thomas Hart Benton. In observance of the artist's 125th birthday, City Hall will host a collection of his works alongside his mural that honors Joplin history.

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    The Slinkerds think Silver Dollar City's World Fest is a great opportunity to show their young children other cultures and introduce them to people from around the world.

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  • Ka-Pow! New attraction offers free-fall plunge

    On May 17, two brave souls willing to whether mid-May¹s unpredictable weather will climb into the two drop-floor aqua-launch capsules atop KaPau Plummet.

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    It's hard to believe an appearance on a late-night talk show can still make a band's career. It's such a common occurrence and the cultural currency of the late-night format has dropped so much in recent years that, short of literally setting the stage ablaze or stabbing the host, the most a band could hope for is a couple of polite blog notices.

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